Sweet and Lowdown
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Emmet Ray, according to himself, was the greatest jazz guitarist of the 1920s and 1930s. At least in New York, anyway. Although Ray certainly had a signature style and a melodic skill, those who knew Ray best admit that perhaps he was best… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 3, 1999
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2000
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Critics praise Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown for its charming, light-hearted comedy and quality acting.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Droll and amusing.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

This is one very tuneful labor of love.

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Rob Gonsalves

Woody Allen, in his thirtieth outing as writer-director, still shows signs of change, improvement, depth of feeling.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A shallow portrait of the artist as a cad.

Peter Brunette

The only reason to see this film is for the acting.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Thanks to Morton's presence, it gets closer to the sweetness of the wonderful Everyone Says I Love You.

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Elizabeth Weitzman

The movie is so confused about where it wants to go, it suffers from the same identity crisis as its protagonist.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

A snappy, loose-limbed performance from Penn.

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Ron Wells
Film Threat

Focusing on the story, the auteur explores his two favorite topics, jazz and s----heels, to enter the new millenium in style.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This breezy mockumentary is Woody Allen's loving tribute to period (1930s) Jazz music. The fictitious Emmet Ray is considered to be the world's best… More
Mason Williams
Sweet and Lowdown is another gem from Woody Allen. Sean Penn and Uma Thurman star in this comedy about a famous jazz musician and his crazy marital and… More
Kevin M. Williams
For some art is therapy. Allen posits that the reverse also holds water, only not quite with this effort. Sean Penn is Allen's willing doppelganger here… More
Jennifer Xu
Another Woody fare which many describe as one of his "love notes," one track but beautiful. The music is stunning and Samantha Morton is adorable and… More
Alice Shen
Quite delightful. Samantha Morton seriously doesn't need a voice. She has a face! I'm a little iffy about the mockumentary aspect of this movie.… More
Michael S
A wonderful film. Funny, heartfelt, and unique.